Friday 30 September 2011

It's the great pumpkin Charlie Brown

My grandparents are taking my sister and me to the Smoky Lake Pumpkin Festival this weekend. It’s going to be great!

Grandpa says there’s a petting zoo, face painting, crafts – even a mini midway. I bet we’ll get to gobble up some scrumptious pumpkin pie. (Not quite as good as Grandma’s, though.) Farmers and gardeners from across the province have been gathering in Smoky Lake for the past 23 years, competing for the title of Biggest Pumpkin.

Last year, the heaviest pumpkin was grown by a man named John Lobay. It weighed in at a whopping 1199.2 pounds (543.9 kg) – can you imagine the jack-o-lantern you could carve out of that? Mom and me always toast the seeds from our pumpkins and sprinkle them with seasoning salt. Best. Snack. Ever. The seeds from that pumpkin could have fed us for a week.

Grandma doesn’t think anyone will top that record this year, though. With all the rain over the summer, she says pumpkins will likely be smaller and softer - like the ones in her patch. I guess we'll know who was able to grow the biggest pumpkin when they way the entries this Saturday.

Oh! And in the afternoon, there’s going to be an auction.

But best of all? I’m excited to see Kevin and Gwen again, the owners of the Jet Engine Funny Car that runs on 100% canola biodiesel. They won’t be racing, but the car will be a part of the antique car show. If you’ve never seen it up close, this is the perfect chance.

The festival takes place at the Agricultural Complex grounds all day Saturday, October 1. Hope to see you there!

Gotta jet!

- Chase Superman Duffy

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